Amebiasis. Caused by entamoeba histolytica, amebiasis is worldwide, ranges from asymptomatic carrier to fulminant severe illness, & may involve multiple organs (generally colon). It is passed by direct fecal-oral contamination (sexually, day care, institutional settings). Amoeba assume greater invasive potential in those with at-risk sexual behavior, who are immunosuppressed, taking steroids, or pregnant.
Amebiasis. The majority of the 70, 000 people who die from amebiasis each year live in tropical developing countries. Children living in those areas are at risk for developing the most severe illness. Visitors to those areas are also at risk. One study revealed that 1.5% of people returning from south east asia ; 3.6% of travelers from central america were infected. Other risk groups include men who have >.